Feel the Difference In The Mark 5HD Riflescope From Leupold

Leupold Mark 5HD Rifle Scope

Leupold’s new Mark 5HD is up to 20 ounces lighter than other scopes in its class.

The tactical, long-range riflescope market is comprised of some of the industry’s most dedicated, knowledgeable shooters — people that know what they want out of their gear, without question.

So it should come as little surprise that they were among the first people consulted when Leupold began work on what has become a game-changing optic.

High-level contrast, increased travel, improved ergonomics, and an ability to take a beating in the field were among the first needs to come to mind. Leveraging the 70 years of optic manufacturing that it possesses, Leupold responded with its new Mark 5HD.

Combining elite optical performance, user-friendly features, and the rugged reliability that Leupold products have long been known for, the Mark 5HD provides everything you’ll need, and nothing you don’t — all at a weight class and price point that defy industry norms.

Leupold Mark 5HD Rifle Scope

Two Mark 5HD models have launched: A 5-25×56 is ideal for those seeking maximum usable magnification, while the 3.6-18×44 balances compactness with big-time optical performance. Both feature 35mm main tubes for increased adjustment travel, and a high-speed power selector ring featuring an optional low-profile throw lever that provides additional leverage.

Consumers asked, and Leupold delivered. The Mark 5HD has been crafted to redefine accuracy, precision, and optical performance for relentless long-range shooters. The rest is on you.


  1. avatar billy-bob says:

    Pfffftt! Creedmoor needs no scope!

    1. avatar Dave in PTC says:

      True. The Creedmoor is like a guided missile, it finds its target because you looked at where you wanted the round to hit. The engineering put into the Creedmoor is nothing short of titanic awesomeness, and yet, there is within the Creedmoor a hint of ballistic magic, that pushes it beyond any capability of a lesser round, such as the tired .308.

  2. avatar sam_everett says:

    Asian made Glass for the American consumer.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      What about Nikon?

      1. avatar DrewN says:

        I’ve had a $200 Nikon 3×9 on my main hunting rig for 20 years. Had to re-zero once. Set it, forget it, beat the hell out of it. Luxury scopes are just that.

      2. avatar sam_everett says:

        Yes Nikon also. It being a Japanese company still has it falling into Asia.
        US Optics is the only company, off the top of my head, that still produces Glass within the Continental United States.
        Those are “pretty pennies”.

        Leuopld is a good company maybe with sanctions they will consider coming back home.

        1. avatar Jeremy B. says:

          Most of Nikon’s glass and scope tubes are built elsewhere in Asia.

          Infact, you could buy a Nikon, Bushnell, Burris, Vortex, and Primary Arms scope and they could all come from the same facility.

      3. avatar Southern Cross says:

        If I had to buy another scope I would consider a Nikon but my current Leupolds are giving excellent service. Back in 01 I bought a Leupold VX3 6.5-20×40AO for one of my rifles. I love the repeatability of the adjustments. I use it at 200m, 300m, and 400m. I adjust the elevation according to the notebook and it is only windage that needs to be adjusted for the day.

        The other is a Leupold M8 scout scope 2.5×28 originally on a M48 8mm Mauser but now on a Ruger Scout Rifle.

        1. avatar sam_everett says:

          I hear ya Southern Cross. They make great things. I have a old Mk4 style topping a 14. I have more Burris than Louies than I care to admit and at the end of the day they(Burris) all came with Philippines stickers on the underside of them.
          One of my favorites is a fixed SWFA and that one is a tank.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Real Japanese glass is uniformly good to great. Chinese glass? I have my concerns about all Chinese goods. Some are top values, while others are Walmart-level crap.

      1. avatar Don from CT says:

        Some thoughts on Nikon / Japan and China.

        First. Nikon has factories in Japan, the Philippines, and China.

        Nikon’s best stuff is made in Japan. Their best glass is the equal of any top end European glass on the planet. It seems to be harder and harder to find high end Nikon rifle scopes anymore.

        Nikon’s better stuff is made in their own facility in the Philippines. Their factory, their equipment, their QC.

        Nikon’s lower end stuff is again made at their own facility in China with their equipment and qc.

        Lets compare this to most scopes from non-optic companies that source their scopes from factories in china that may make glass for dozens of manufacturers. You may get a great scope from them. You may get a crappy scope from them. You probably won’t be able to get a part for it in 10 years.

        Its for these reasons I’m a big Nikon fan. I’ve got of their Japanese scopes, one Filipino scope and 1 chinese scope. IMHO, they all represent a great value for their given price point.

        Nikon has been slow to get on the long range scope bandwagon. Until recently you couldn’t find a Nikon with things like open top turret with a zero stop or first focal plane reticle.

        That forced me to buy about 5 years ago a Sightron. Its an American brand that nobody has ever heard of. But I got the tip from a bullseye shooter and wow. Mine is one of their higher end scopes and its got coated japanese glass and is assembled in the US. Its certainly not as tough as a USO, but its optics and tracking are just as good for 1/3 the cost.

  3. avatar Mystickal says:

    “all at a weight class and price point that defy industry norms”

    Yet curiously, no price point is given.

    Well, if you have to ask, you can’t afford. . .

    1. avatar jwtaylor says:

      It’s on their website, linked in the ad. $2399 to $2599 MSRP.
      That’s a pretty good price if it is comparable to their other high end scopes.

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        SWFA lists the Mark 8s and Vortex Razor HD II at about one third less than MSRP, so with any luck, this one will retail for under $2000. Assuming good glass, that’s a great scope for that price.

  4. avatar Hunter427 says:

    I have to have on my creedmore, just some to give me the $2000 and we’re on our way to the Leupold store..,,,,,,,,, any takers

  5. avatar Dave in PTC says:

    On a serious note, what is a good scope for under $1000…with these attributes:

    – is MRAD on turret and reticle
    – is durable
    – really good eye relief (I have bad eyes)
    – 3x-12x or about that

    It would be bought at the same time as a Savage BA Evolution in 300 WIN or 6.5 Creedmoor.

    Shooting 200 yards out to 1000 yards.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      Vortex Viper PST II.
      I’m not sure what you need for eye relief. But I have the 6-24×50 Gen 1, and I have no eye relief issues.

      And unless you really love your orthopedic surgeon, get the 6.5 CM over the .300 WM.

      1. avatar Dave in PTC says:

        I’ve tried looking through other guys scopes and noticed that some are easier than others to focus my eyes. I have relatively common eye problem called Epithelial Basement Membrane Distrophy (EBMD). Will have surgery this year to improve it. Also have near-sightedness and astigmatism that eyeglasses can’t completely correct.

        I just had bilateral complete knee replacement. Maybe skipping the 300WIN would save my shoulder and back from needing work. So, 6.5 Creed will be it.

      2. avatar Dave in PTC says:

        Went to the Vortex website. I think that my LGS, Autreys, in Fayetteville, Georgia, might have one to look at.

        1. avatar Ironhead says:

          In their price ranges, vortex optics are hard to beat. I have 5 total, 2 diamond backs, a viper pst, a strike eagle, and a strikefire2. I love all of them.
          Ive used leupold scopes before, and i like them. I just cant justify the extra expense. Honestly i got all 5 of mine for about the same price as these scopes list for.

    2. avatar The Dude Abides says:

      Vortex has some good stuff, as well as the Sig tango 4 line.

  6. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    OK, I obviously missed the memo somewhere:

    What’s with all the Creedmoor quips on the threads?

    Hey, I’m a busy man. I can’t read all the threads, so I clearly missed something, somewhere.

    1. avatar Accur81 says:

      Jeremy S. did a recent article about the .308 Winchester / 7.61 x 51 vs. the 6.5 Creedmoor / Mother of All Ballistic Excellence. In essence, the .308, and the shooters thereof, were described as old and fat. The 6.5 is svelte, sexy, and efficient. After just 5 yards, the 6.5 has more power than the .308 while offering less recoil and hotter girlfriends. The 6.5 has a flatter trajectory than the .300 Weatherby Mag and a better G7 ballistic coefficient than the Hornady 750 grain A-Max BMG round. The sectional density of the 6.5 allows it to have greater penetration than a tank sabot from an M1 Abrams 120 mm armor piercing fin stabilized discarding sabot round. And so forth.

      It’s been a good time.

      1. avatar Corey says:

        It has been a good time 🙂
        Im not even posting, but I get a good laugh every time I see a 6.5 reference cleverly snuck into a post.

    2. avatar Stereodude says:

      You commented several times under the article that started it all. http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/06/jeremy-s/308-is-fat-and-stupid-and-so-are-you/

      I don’t think you missed anything other than connecting the two.

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